It is Valentine's Day. For desperate, procrastination-prone men everywhere, the clock is ticking. You might assume that expensive jewelry or a pricey night on the town are your only options. But, according to 10 women who understand value better than most—after all, they write about money and personal finance for their …
This week’s roundup features 134 tips that are (mostly) about celebrating Valentine's Day—and scoring big points with your significant other—without spending a fortune.
Seeing as money is often cited as a prime reason couples break up, it’s no surprise that the economic downturn has had a big impact—sometimes positive, often negative—on many marriages. The tough economy may also be causing the nation’s college students to hit the bottle less too.
“Honey, you wouldn’t believe how cheap your gift was!” That’s not the most romantic thing to hear on Valentine’s Day. But no one needs to know how much (or how little) you spent.
Also: the best-ever personal finance books, and tips for saving on everything from weddings to the latest gadgets.
“When sex is dirt cheap, we’re much more likely to go at it like rabbits. Couple O has been together for 15 years and has a great sex life. They keep it affordable. If they’re tired, they make it quick. Maybe they don’t even bother to take their shirts off.”
Also: How do you avoid getting ripped off if you’re the world’s worst, most timid, most undemanding haggler? People concerned (obsessed?) with saving money have issues, such as …
According to recently released Census data, the percentage of young adults (ages 25 to 34) who have never married has been on a steady rise over the past decade, from 34.5% in 2000 to 43.9% in 2008. In 2009, with the full onset of the recession—and apparently, with widespread feelings that getting married was a bad idea amid an …
Also: How come some colleges are so unbelievably selective when deciding which high schoolers are accepted nowadays?
“If a man goes out on two dates a week, and 50% of the women don’t want to see him again, he’s spending a lot of money on strangers.”
Also, is it wrong to take advantage of freebies? And: How much should you be saving for college? (If you’re dropping off your kid at school next week, this is an issue you probably should have addressed earlier.)
Do-it-yourself projects taken on by couples can save money and be wonderful bonding experiences. Then again, such projects can also wind up costing more than hiring a pro and causing humungous arguments, especially when the Ys in DIY don’t see eye to eye or don’t have a clue what they’re doing.